2022 March Player of the Month Award

May 9, 2022

Divo Cerjan of South Dakota School of the Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD and  Keegan Thompson of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, have been named the college NAECAD Player of  the Month for March 2022. Ariel Johnston of Case High School, Racine, WI and William Bingham of Hart  Career Center, Mexico, MO have been named the high school NAECAD Player of the Month for March 2022 the NAECAD national office announced Tuesday. 

Divo Cerjan of South Dakota School of the Mines and Technology is a sophomore, Geological Engineering  student. Divo is the Rocket League varsity team captain this year. Mike Vander Heyden, South Dakota School  of the Mines esports coordinator and NAECAD member had this to say about Divo, “Divo was a member of a  Mine's team that won the inaugural Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Soccer Invitational against  Metro State University and provided great leadership for our team” 

Keegan Thompson of Valparaiso University is a freshman Super Smash Bros player. Tristan Leonhard,  Valparaiso University Associate Director of Athletics for Recreation and Esports and NAECAD member had  this to say about Keegan, “Keegan lead our Varsity Smash team to an 8-0 regular season record this spring  and continued his dominance in the conference tournament. While we fell short in the championship, Keegan  showed incredible poise and maturity as he led our team throughout.” 

Ariel Johnston of Case High School is a senior Overwatch player. James O’Hagan, Director of Digital and  Virtual Learning, Racine Unified School District and NAECAD member had this to say about Ariel, “Ariel  completed a three-year high school competitive career having never played Overwatch before starting to play  as a sophomore, to being a starter on the varsity team her senior year on a team that finished 3rd in the state  of Wisconsin.” 

William Bingham of Hart Career Center is a Super Smash Bros player. Amy Harris, Director of the Hart Career  Center esports program and a Director and Treasurer for the Missouri Scholastic Esports Federation and  NAECAD member had this to say about William, “As our Smash captain, he has been dedicated to making  sure his teammates are all learning - even in the fall when he was running cross country instead of playing! 

This coveted award recognizes individuals for a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and  citizenship. While elite performance in the game is important, this award is aimed at recognizing the overall  impact the individual has made. Example characteristics include: 

Each month, players are nominated by NAECAD members and selected for the award by NAECAD. One  Player of the Month will be recognized each month (September – April) at the college and high school levels.  

The Player of the Month recipients are eligible for nomination of the Player of the Year award. The individual  receiving the Player of the Year award will be recognized in person at the NAECAD National Convention each  year. The individuals receiving the Player of the Month award will be recognized at the NAECAD National Convention each year. Student athletes nominated for the Player of the Month award will be eligible for  nomination of All-American status. Student athletes receiving the most votes will be recognized at both the  high school and the university levels for All-American status. The individuals receiving All-American status will  be recognized each year at the NAECAD National Convention.

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